Construction Technologist (Oshawa)

The Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports) is seeking a driven, solution-focused and dynamic individual to join our Operations team.


The Operations team at HOPA Ports works with Canadian and international companies to facilitate trade across our growing port network on the Great Lakes. Our team has attracted more than $350 million in investment in the past decade and manages a portfolio of more than 180 diverse tenants and transportation partners.


This is an exciting role for a smart, detailed-oriented, problem-solver. Reporting to the Manager, Capital Projects, the Construction Technologist will provide support in gathering information, administering construction contracts, and developing technical documents, drawings and reports.

This position is expected to commence early August 2024.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES – including but not limited to:

Project Management Support

  • Provide support in the implementation of the capital and major maintenance projects.
  • Complete field surveys, inspections, and reports.
  • Liase with HOPA tenants and other stakeholders.
  • Procurement of engineering proposals and tendering of construction projects.
  • Construction Coordination including inspection for conformance and compliance with project documents and contracts; project documentation; quantity tracking, manage and negotiate changes to RFI.
  • Drafting and design drawings and sketches to communicate plans.


  • Prepare Reports, memoranda, and information papers by collecting historical costing/design data ad staying updated on design specifications, standards and construction cost trends.
  • Collect and manage as-constructed and background information through the maintenance of the internal engineering library and drawings catalogue.
  • Prepare and/or review organized and accurate detailed drawings and supporting technical documentation, staying updated on computer software, drafting methods, surveying methods, technology, and procedures.
  • Stay current with trends in costing, scheduling, material specifications, and best management practices in the engineering and construction industry.
  • Proactively seeks and conducts thorough research, employs probing questions to uncover root issues and diverse perspectives, and resolves disputes while providing well-informed solutions.


  • Nearing graduation or recent graduate of an accredited Engineering Technology or Construction Management program
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have experience with Bathymetric and GPS Surveying Equipment and Software
  • Ability to analyze and understand project financials.


  • Transportation/shipping industry experience considered an asset.
  • Skilled in MS Office applications including Microsoft Project, Excel, Outlook
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Valid class “G” driver’s license
  • Must be able to work well independently or in a team environment.

 Salary, Bonus & Benefits

Starting salary of $55,000 – $60,000; commensurate with experience.

HOPA offers a competitive compensation package, including annual bonus program; defined contribution pension plan and health benefits; education support; employee charitable donation matching and more. HOPA offers a hybrid work model, subject to an onboarding period and requirements of the role.

This role is primarily based in Oshawa and may require occasional travel to our facilities in Hamilton and Niagara from time to time.

 About HOPA:

Recognized as one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers for 2024, HOPA is a small but mighty team of approximately 65 staff. We are comprised of experts in disciplines ranging from Engineering to Finance, and virtually everything in between. Together we manage Ontario’s largest and most successful port network, and we strive to do our job in a way that protects the environment and enhances our community. Learn more about us:

Everyone is welcome

As part of our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility, our goal is a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities, those who identify as Black, Indigenous or persons of colour, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and others. We are happy to honour accommodations at any part of the recruitment process and invite you to let us know how we can help.

Vaccination Policy:

Please note, HOPA requires all employees to be fully immunized from COVID-19.

To apply for this role, email [email protected] with your resume by May 24, 2024.

We thank all applicants; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Larissa Fenn

Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Larissa Fenn is Vice President, Corporate Affairs at HOPA Ports, leading a team responsible for communications and government relations, sustainability reporting, corporate governance and corporate culture.

Previous positions included communications and public policy roles at the Canadian Bankers Association, Credit Valley Conservation Authority, and the Regional Municipality of Halton.

Larissa holds a B.A.(Hons) in Political Science from Queen’s University. She holds the APR designation from the Canadian Public Relations Society, and completed the Senior Public Sector Leaders program at the University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business. Larissa has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Botanical Gardens, and as a member of the Policy Council of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Fitzgerald

Vice President, Strategic Development

Bill assumed the role of Vice President, Strategic Development in 2024, after having served as HOPA’s Vice President, Operations since 2008.

Bill joined the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority in July 1995 as Project Engineer. He previously worked with the Regional Municipality of Ottawa’s Transportation Department, as well as for the Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Waterloo.

Bill received a Bachelor of Applied Science, civil engineering / water resources, in 1995 from the University of Waterloo and registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario in 1997.

Jeremy Dunn

Vice President, Operations

Jeremy assumed the role of Vice President, Operations in 2024 after having served as HOPA’s Commercial Vice President since 2019. Prior to joining HOPA, Jeremy served in successive leadership roles at The Miller Group, one of Canada’s leading transportation construction and infrastructure maintenance companies. Jeremy has managed multiple business groups in the heavy construction, asphalt paving and aggregates sectors driving results through business restructuring, service improvement and strategic growth. In his most recent role, Jeremy served as General Manager of Miller Maintenance, responsible for managing and growing Miller’s highway maintenance business in Ontario.

Previous to The Miller Group, Jeremy held the position of Director of Operations for the Dunn Group of Companies.

Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) through Queen’s University. He also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.

Janet Knight

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer for the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority since 2008, Janet joined the HPA in 1998 as Accounting Supervisor and subsequently served as Controller.

Prior to joining the HPA, Janet held the position of Financial Analyst with St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as various positions, including Marketing Communications/Research Lead with Zeneca Agro. Janet graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce. She attained the professional designation of Certified Management Accountant in 1992.

Ian Hamilton

President & CEO

Ian Hamilton is President & CEO of HOPA Ports (Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority). He assumed this role in 2017, after serving as the Port Authority’s Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate since 2008. Ian has been instrumental in developing working waterfronts in Hamilton, Oshawa, and Niagara by attracting new business and private investment, and creating an integrated marine network across Southern Ontario.

Ian possesses more than 25 years of experience in international transportation and logistics in Europe and North America, and has held progressively senior positions in the liner shipping industry, including Transatlantic Trade Director (Europe) for CP Ships and Business Development Manager for Hapag-Lloyd. Ian is Chairperson of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, and holds positions on various other boards, including: the Chamber of Marine Commerce, the Hamilton Club, and Brigs Youth Sail Training.

Ian holds an MBA from Aston University (UK) and a BSc in business administration and economics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina.